Posted tagged ‘racism’

White Noise Inferiority

2012/12/27

As my liver knows only too well, it was recently the 10th anniversary of Joe Strummer passing on. One of his legacies was embracing immigrant culture, much to the benefit of popular music ever since.

Not everyone in the punk community saw diversity as a good thing, however. Here’s an interview from the pages of Colorblind, a Chicago fanzine dedicated to stamping out racism. It’s a window into the mindset of Ian Stuart, from the skinhead band Skrewdriver. It also shows a darker side to the punk attitude – instead of channeling anger into creating positive change, it’s an example of exclusion, isolation, and hatred.

It’s also quite sad. The 20th anniversary of  Ian Stuart’s death is next year, but it’s not likely many will be marking the day with any commemoration. I know my liver won’t be.

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disaffecting & seditious, were these the 1st punks?

2012/12/08

First Punks

The History of Punk, Class #6

2012/06/14

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 16 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Racism, Gender, & White Male Punk Privilege”

The punk movement is often generalized as largely male, white, and straight. Such a view, however, excludes many participants. This seminar will examine Riot Grrrl feminism, Homocore, and scene members that didn’t fit the typical stereotype.

This week we will be starting with a short lecture, and then moving outside to discuss things in our usual intellectual picnic format. Bring food to share if you can!

*Following the class, we will have a podcast lecture from Dr. Lucy Robinson, The University of Sussex, posted online.

Readings:
Lester Bangs – “The White Noise Supremacists”
Not Just White Noise Supremacy: The Diversity of the Underground Punk Network in late 1970s-early 1990s America
Kurt Cobain’s Interrogation of Hegemonic Masculinity
Gimmie Something Better, pp. 409-419
Grunge is Dead, pp. 303-314
Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally
Joining the 27 Club isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be

Playlist:
The Replacements – “Androgynous”
Pansy Division – “Groovy Underwear”
NOFX – “Jamaica’s Alright if you like Homophobes”
Propagandhi – “the only good fascist is a very dead fascist”
Nirvana – “Been a Son”
Bikini Kill – “Double Dare Ya”
7 Year Bitch – “The Scratch”
The Gits – “Insecurities”
The Offspring – “Cool to Hate” 

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Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally

2012/03/23

I’ve never met a white supremacist, or at least a vocal one, but I’ve often thought about what I’d say to them if I did. I figured maybe – as a favor of one Caucasian to another – I could help debunk all their racists myths. You know, show them the holes in the articulate arguments used to support their hatred, such as the profound statement: “deyy toooke arrrrr jeeeeeeeebbbbs!”

And we ain't talkin' about Steve here.

Yep, getting into a socio-economic-political-and-other-hyphenated-words discussion was one option, but I have friends that have tried that and had their lives threatened, so I thought I’d maybe go with a more indirect approach. You know, just play them some songs and let them think about stuff for themselves.

So, if you are trying to get through to someone that is down on their luck, maybe blaming personal misfortune on others, directing their potential towards bad instead of good, or just a racist jerk – this might help. And if you live in Edmonton, now might be a good time to do this since there is a white pride rally planned for this Saturday.

These songs can be played in any order, but I’ve strategically arranged them for maximum impact:

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Joe Strummer is spinning in his grave: Billy Bragg on Why Music Needs to Get Political Again

2011/08/24

Billy Bragg recently wrote an article for the NME on the need for alternative commentary in the wake of the rioting in London. The full version of the piece is up on his website and can also be found below.

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Innovative Research Methods 101

2010/11/06

When you’re doing historical research, you can be pretty rest assured of a few things:

1) You’re going to have to read a lot of books.
2) You’re going to have to spend a lot of time in the library.
3) You’re going to have to spend a lot of time in the archive (this is different from the library, but only slightly).
4) You’re going to have to forgo any sort of social interaction for long periods of time.  

 Sometimes, though, depending on your topic, you have to get creative with your methodology. Such was the case when Joey “Shithead” Keithley played an afternoon gig at the Black Dog in Edmonton. The frontman for the seminal Vancouver punk band D.O.A., Keithley was a major part of the punk milieu during the 1980s (and ever since). So in the name of historical understanding, I had to put down my book, venture out of the library, and walk past the archive and head to the pub. Once there I had to order a pint from the barman, sit down in front of the stage, and utilize the handy coasters on the table to carry out my important research.

This was the result:

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